On March 22, the town provided the final piece of the puzzle in the form of a planned $51,000 contribution to library’s budget for the coming fiscal year. The remaining funds will be given to Wareham Public Schools. With a mix of town money and privately raised funds, the library’s operating budget will be approximately $370,000.
Selectman Alan Slavin said the funds will come from the developers of a medical marijuana facility slated to open this summer in town. As part of the facility’s agreement with Wareham, at least $100,000 will be paid to the town the first year that it opens. In 2019, developers will pay Wareham $125,000 and then $150,000 in 2020.
With the funds, the library will be able to keep services at a level that will allow it to keep its certification moving forward should it regain certification this summer.